2 Turtle Doves | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
2 Turtle Doves is the second in the 12 Days/Years of Christmas Series. We decided to take our inspiration from the name and base the beer on the "turtle" candy, brewing it with cocoa nibs, toasted pecans, caramelized sugar and a lot of caramel malts. Somewhere between a Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale and an Imperial Porter, this beer is designed to take the journey through time until 12 Drummers Drumming.

Added by Overlord on 10-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
445
Reviews:
251
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
191
Gots:
264
For Trade:
14
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Ratings: 445 |  Reviews: 251
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I well enjoyed this one, found in Phoenix. Dark colour with some head. Pleasant aromas. Above average mouthfeel. On the sweeter side, with good characters of the coco, pecan nuttiness, yeast and very pleasant Belgian. I did not detect the alcohol. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour for the Bruery Initiation Celebration held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a clear crimson-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and a really unique peanut butter and jelly combo. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great smell and some tasty flavors.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A much stronger aroma that I expected from this brew. This was a vintage from a firkin. Everything about this kind of reminded me of a barley wine. The aroma was boozie with some dried fruits in the mix. There is some cranberry and fig flavors that fade into the strong alcohol aftertaste. Overall this is a really nice beer for Christmas time, bad thing is that it's aesthete brew and we may not see this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like a BSDA, with an espresso color and a fluffy beige head; clumps of lace cling to the chalice on the way down

Smell: Rum-soaked dark fruit, with hints of chocolate and roasted nuts

Taste: Boozy dark fruit flavors dominate the opening, with an increasing astringency developing by mid-palate, with nut skin and chocolate aspects as well; after the swallow, the flavors blend together nicely, with the chocolate coming to the fore in the finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Still a little young and boozy, but has potential; deep layers of flavor

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of dry fruits and sweet malt base is fortunately not overly sweet. Taste is just enough balance between some dry fruits such as figs and plums with a rich sweet malt backbone. Body si quite full with average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad overall though some of the upfront sweetness could be more balance with some additional complexity from missing ester.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into goblet. Pours deep dark brown color with a 1 finger tan head with great retention, that reduces to a lacing cap that lasts. Thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, toffee, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, roasted malt, and nuttiness. Slight bit of alcohol in there, but not too noticeable. Wow, fantastic aromas here, tons of complexity going on Taste of huge caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, molasses, nuttiness, and a bit of booze in the back. There are lingering notes of big caramel, chocolate, and molasses after the finish for a decent amount of time. Decent amount of alcohol warming after the finish, with a small amount in the taste as well. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied. Fairly smooth drinkability for 12%, but definitely something I am taking my time on to finish. Best enjoyed very slowly because the alcohol and sweetness gets a bit cloying. Overall, this is an excellent Belgian Strong Dark ale, plenty of great complexity and huge flavor and fairly smooth drinking.

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Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the bruery for the reserve society initiation.

Pours about 1/2 finger of light tan head. Color is a dark caramel bark brown, almost black. No lace and little retention.

Aroma: Nuts, pecans, cherries, roasted malts, grassy hops. A fairly big beer (which I understand now being it is 12% abv).

Taste: A lot similar to the aroma, but more nuts here and big fruit flavors. Also, the malts are more burnt and roasted. Definitely a big beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing a bit. Medium to full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a lot of nuts and malts, slightly dry. No heat here which is a big surprise.

Overall, I think this beer needs some time to fully develop. It is pretty drinkable especially for the high abv. I can't wait to drink this in the vertical. I think it will be tasting great.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown with a large off white head and some good lacing as it goes down my tulip. Nose brings forward really nice notes of caramel, toasted nuts, molasses, brown sugar, and some generic sweetness.

The taste adds in some dark fruits in addition to molasses, caramel, nuts, and some sweet malt. Medium body with a bit of booze and nice carbonation levels. A really interesting concept and quite tasty. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this develops over the years.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to DavoleBomb for this one.

Pours an effervescent mahogany with a finger of brown/mocha head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Raisins & other dark fruit, mutes a bit as this warms & then booze

T: Dark fruit, leafy hops, oaky dryness baker's choclate & some boozeyness up front, plus just a hint of vanilla. Raisins & a hint of cherry dominate as this warms, plus dryness & assertive but not overly intrusive booze that continues to mellow the warmer this gets, plus plums. finishes pretty dry with much plum & raisin & a bit of brandyish type boozeyness

MF: Fairly chewy, low but noticeable carbonation, pretty rich & complex

Pretty drinkable, especially it warms, the booze warmth blends better with all flavors presented. A fairly clean tasting take at the style, this went down well after working outdoors for half a day in the cold & wind. I look forward to more bruery offerings as I get a chance to find/try them

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bittersweet chocolate brown with slim highlights of orange and gold barely visible along the bottom edge. The golden khaki colored crown filled slightly more than half the glass on the pour and is deflating in slow motion. It never does becomes rocky, or visually interesting, and lays down almost no lace.

The nose is redolent of dark caramel and cocoa, with a background earthiness. Maybe a hint of toasted pecans, but I never would have gotten there on my own. An olfactory flicker of tart fruit is worrisome.

The Bruery 2 Turtle Doves is not light years better than Partridge In A Pear Tree, as was hoped. It might be a little bit better, once warming has occurred and the various flavors have had a chance to meld. It isn't a classic BSDA by any means, but that's probably the most accurate choice. Belgian-style stout would work too.

Specifics include pumpernickel bread, chocolate-covered caramels, tangy medium-dark fruit, black licorice and cloves. Alcohol is exceptionally well-masked, especially given the ABV. In the end, it comes together just well enough to earn the taste score seen above.

Despite being decently bubbled (never a certainty with these guys), the body/mouthfeel doesn't wow. It needs more size and especially more voluminous creaminess. Maybe the carbonation could use some work after all.

The Bruery has never really delivered on their early promise. Only a couple of saisons (Rue and De Lente) have been truly impressive. 2 Turtle Doves is good beer that was worth the purchase price, but I'll be looking for something more from 3 French Hens.

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